HERE'S WHAT WE'RE COVERING TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
THE TWO TEENAGERS WHO WERE RESCUED FROM A BURNING CAR LAST MONTH ON
INTERSTATE 581 FINALLY MEET THEIR HERO.
THE BROTHER OF THE DEFENDANT IN THE MURDER TRIAL OF A VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT
PLEADS THE FIFTH INSTEAD OF TESTIFYING AGAINST BEN LILLY FOR THE PROSECUTION.
OUT Q=for the prosecution.
TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's Wednesday, October 23rd-- tonight's TOP STORY--
IN Q=THE OFFER
((THE OFFER WE HAVE MADE TODAY IS FOR 100-DOLLARS CASH UP FRONT FOR CONRAIL
SHAREHOLDERS. I'M SURE THEY WILL FIND IT MORE ATTRACTIVE.))
OUT Q=MORE ATTRACTIVE.
With that, Norfolk Southern tries to railroad a deal between C-S-X and
Good Evening your watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens.
It started last week... when C- S- X announced plans to acquire Conrail.
But now Norfolk Southern is upping the ante... in an attempt to knock
C-S-X off the track.
Norfolk Southern is offering an all cash buy-out of Conrail stock at 100
dollars a share.
That's higher than the 92- 50 a share offer proposed by C- S- X.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=A Norfolk (bite)
SUPER=01-David Goode/Norfolk Southern CEO; :00
SUPER=04-File Tape; :33
OUT Q=S.P. News 7
IN Q=A Norfolk
((DAVID GOODE/NORFOLK SOUTHERN CEO: A NORFOLK SOUTHERN- CONRAIL COMBINATION IS
ONE THAT WILL BE GOOD FOR ALL OF THE CONSTITUENTS INVOLVED. IT'S GOOD FOR
CONRAIL SHAREHOLDERS. IT'S GOOD FOR NORFOLK SOUTHERN SHAREHOLDERS. IT'S GOOD
FOR THE SHIPPING PUBLIC BECAUSE IT OFFERS BALANCED COMPETITIVE SERVICE
THROUGHOUT THE EAST. ))
OUT Q=the east
Norfolk Southern officials say the proposed deal between CSX and Conrail
would monopolize rail service on the east coast.
Aside from the higher stock buy out price... the OVERALL deal proposed by N-
S is worth about billion dollars more than the one announced last week with
The choice is now up to Conrail... but if history is any indication, it will
take a while.
Most analysts expect a back and forth bidding war in the coming months.
STAND UP 9:03:15
If Norfolk Southern does win and acquires Conrail, it could open up lots of
opponents up north.
Specifically the New York market.
If it loses, the future is uncertain, many say that Norfolk Southern could
become the victim of a hostile take over later on in the future.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
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The death toll has risen to 30 in the crash of an American cargo plane in
Another 80 people were injured in the accident, after the Miami-bound jet
burst into flames and crashed into a church steeple.
Most of the injuries involved people on the ground.
Witnesses say the plane wasn't able to gain altitude after takeoff.
He COULD have been sentenced to death, but a plea bargain gave 20 year old
William Spencer Gammon a second chance.
Gammon was scheduled to stand trial next month for shooting his father to
death and wounding his stepmother.
Today Carroll County prosecutor Greg Goad reduced the capital murder charge
to first degree murder, in exchange for Gammon's no contest pleas.
((GREG GOAD/CARROLL CO. PROSECUTOR: CONSIDERING HIS AGE AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES
OF THE CASE, THERE'S QUESTIONABLE SUCCESS AT THE DEATH PENALTY. AND SO WHEN YOU
LOOK AT IT IN THAT VEIN, THIS WAS AN AGREEMENT THAT'S ACCEPTABLE TO THE
COMMONWEALTH AND ALSO TO REBECCA GAMMON'S FAMILY. ))
SUPER=01-Greg Goad/Carroll Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=rebecca gammon's family.
Gammon faces up to four life terms plus 18 years in prison.
His younger brother Chris Gammon already pled guilty and faces up to three
life terms for his part in the crimes.
Wipe wipe wipe
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Mark Lilly today refused to testify against his brother Ben, who's on trial
for capital murder in Montgomery County.
Instead, Mark invoked his fifth amendment right against self- incrimination.
The prosecutor then played Mark's taped statement to police, in which he
named his brother as the triggerman in the shooting of Virginia Tech student
Testimony in Ben Lilly's trial continues tomorrow.
Mark Lilly is scheduled to stand trial for his part in the murder next
Some familiar faces have gathered in court again to relive the crime that
has riveted the country for more than two years-- the murders of Nicole Brown
and Ron Goldman.
O.J. Simpson, acquitted of the murders, is back in the hotseat, this time
being sued for wrongful death.
Byron Harlan reports on the opening arguments that got underway today.
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SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA; :00
SUPER=01-Laurie Levenson/CBS Legal Analyst; :26
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/Reporting; 1:15
OUT Q=BH, CBS News, Los Angeles.
Some in the crowd called him names...others cheered when O.J. Simpson arrived
for the start of his civil trail.
Many of the people who filed into the courtroom are familiar to anyone who
followed the first criminal trial.
But the tone inside during the second trial will be different, particularly
involving what lawyers for the families suing simpson will say about the burden
of proof in a civil case.
LAURIE LEVENSON, CBS NEWS LEGAL CONSULTANT: THEY HAVE TO REMIND THE JURY THAT
IT S NOT PROOF BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT...THAT IT'S ONLY WHETHER IT S MORE
LIKELY THAN NOT THAT O.J. S THE KILLER.
The no-nonsense Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki will not allow Simpson's lawyers to
talk about Mark Furhman's no-contest plea to perjury.
Daniel Petrocelli began opening arguments, accusing Simpson of killing
Ronald Goldman to eliminate a witness to the attack and murder of Nicole.
He called Ron Goldman a hero who did not back away from his killer and he
will talk about the slow-speed bronco chase and Simpson's suicide note, saying
the thoughts in the note are consistent with a man who has killed.
The thoughts of people who ve followed the Simpson case have not changed
much since his acquittal.
A new CBS news poll shows that about three-fourths of white folks think
Simpson is guilty and half of black folks say he is not.
The mostly white jury will not be sequestered for this trial, which is
bound to be much shorter that the last one.
Byron Harlon, CBS News, Los Angeles.))
Mother Nature has dealt a strong blow to several regions of the country.
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Let's start with Southern California, where the wildfires are dying a slow
death-- as the Santa Anna winds have finally calmed.
Four firefighters remain hospitalized, after being burned.
So far, only about a hundred homes have been destroyed, and 37-thousand
SUPER=03-Kansas City; :
Meantime in Kansas City, it's not fire but ICE they're contending with.
Record-breaking weather has thrown residents a seasonal curveball-- with
six inches of snow in a 24-hour period.
IN Q=It's not too bad
((IT'S NOT TOO BAD. YOU JUST PUT ON AN EXTRA PAIR OF SOCKS AND A FLANNEL SHIRT
AND CRAWL INTO BED AND COVER UP. ))
OUT Q=and cover up.
And parts of the northeast are still cleaning up from the weekend rain.
The governor of Maine has declared a State of Emergency in three counties
Many residents still have to boil their water before drinking it-- because
of several water main breaks.
Despite resident opposition, a regional jail gets the nod in the New River
And a tractor trailer smashes through a water pumping station in Montgomery
County-- more on the story when NEWS-7 Primetime returns.
go to break
A 42-year old Northwest Roanoke man was fatally shot in the head by his
wife early this morning.
Garret Wayne Cunningham and Rhonda Banks Cunningham were arguing at their
home on 10th Street.
She told police she went to get a gun once the argument began, because of
"violence in the past."
At first she put the weapon to her own head out of frustration.
When she lowered it, her husband lunged for the gun, and it went off.
The bullet struck him in the head.
He died at the hospital.
The mother of five has not been charged, but the investigation is not over.
A water shortage concerned Belmont Farm residents in Montgomery County
A tractor- trailer struck the Pepper's Ferry Road pumping station around
eleven this morning.
IN Q=At this time
((DAVID BOLEJACK/MONTGOMERY CO. DEP. SHERIFF: AT THIS TIME, IT LOOKS LIKE THE
DRIVER WAS NOT INJURED. AND IT IS PRETTY AMAZING TO THINK ABOUT WHAT HE WENT
THROUGH AND WHAT THE VEHICLE WENT THROUGH THAT NO ONE WAS INJURED. ))
SUPER=01-David Bolejack/Montgomery Co. Dep. Sheriff;
OUT Q=one was injured
The Blacksburg- Christiansburg- V-P-I water authority owns the booster
They're back pumping water into both towns, so most customers have normal
The Dublin town council cleared the way for construction of a regional jail
in the town's industrial park.
It re-zoned a section of the park, making it possible for the Regional Jail
Authority to buy it, and start construction.
That move angered dozens of Pulaski County residents who live nearby, saying
the jail site is too close to their homes and schools.
They promised to pressure Pulaski County Supervisors to pull out of the
regional jail agreement.
IN Q=I don't think that
((I DON'T THINK THAT WE'RE CONNECTED TO THE POINT RIGHT NOW THAT WE HAVE TO
PARTICIPATE IN IT, AND IF DUBLIN FEELS THIS WAY ABOUT IT, LET THEM HAVE IT.
BENNY KEISTER/MAYOR; AND I THINK WE OWED TO TO THE AUTHORITY TO GO AHEAD AND
MAKE A DECISION YEA OR NAY AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE COUNCIL DID, THEY'VE
MADE THEIR DECISION.))
SUPER=01-Bob O'Neal/Newbern Resident; :00
SUPER=01-Benny Keister/Mayor; :08
OUT Q=made their decision
A jail authority spokesman told council that if they didn't re-zone the
land, the entire jail project could be in jeopardy.
Residents who oppose the project say they may challenge the re-zoning in
48 other states allow churches to incorporate.
But that's one of five ballot questions Virginia voters will see on Election
Ellen Qualls reports the referendum was requested by some churches who felt
judges were arbitrary in their oversight of church business.
IN Q=But when
SUPER=01-Del. Bob McDonnell/(R) Virginia Beach; :06
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7 Primetime.
But when the General Assembly approved it twice to get it on the ballot this
fall, another argument was popular.
((DEL. BOB MCDONNELL/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: CURRENTLY CHURCHES ARE DEEMED TO BE
UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS. AND BY THAT, THERE EXISTS A POSSIBILITY THAT ALL
THE MEMBERS OF THAT ORGANIZATION, I.E. ALL THE CHURCH-GOERS, PARISHIONERS COULD
BE HELD LIABLE FOR THE NEGLIGENCE OF SOME OTHER MEMBER FOR SOME TORT THAT
OCCURRED ON THE CHURCH PROPERTY. AND THAT'S NOT FAIR. INCORPORATION WOULD
TAKE CARE OF THAT.))
Former state Senator Hunter Andrews opposed it -- worrying that individuals
could incorporate as a church to extort money under the guise of religious
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH: WELL THE STATE WILL ALWAYS HAVE TO BE VIGILANT IN
MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT ABUSING THE PROCESS. THAT'S TRUE WITH MOST OF
THE LAWS WE HAVE ENACTED TODAY.))
TACK STANDUP ON HERE
The number one concern church leaders themselves have is government
interference into religion.
So the ballot question is written to allow churches to incorporate -- NOT
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Primetime.
Health officials are looking into a few cases of Legionnaires' disease in
the New River Valley-- we'll run-down the symptoms....
And they're reunited after an accident last month on Interstate 581--
Today two teenagers met the man who pulled them from their fiery car.
go to break
Today's meeting of Roanoke City Council brought more recognition for Marine
Staff Sergeant Frankie Lee Hall, and a reunion with the two teenagers he pulled
from a burning car.
Roanoke Mayor David Bowers awarded Hall a key to the city for his heroism
on September 24th.
That was the day a car collided with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 581
and caught fire.
The ceremony was also Hall's first opportunity since the accident to meet
Nicole Hicks and Kevin Ballinger.
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((STAFF SGT. FRANKIE LEE HALL: BUT IT'S GOOD TO BE STANDING HERE LOOKING AT YOU
GUYS IN TOP CONDITION, NOT HURT, SEEMINGLY ALMOST FLAWLESS AND THAT'S A
((KEVIN BALLINGER: IT'S BEEN TOUGH GETTING BACK ON TRACK INS SCHOOL TRYING TO
MAKE UP EVERYTHING. I JUST RESPECT HIM FOR HIS COURAGE.))
((NICOLE HICKS: I JUST THANK THAT HE WAS THERE, BECAUSE IF HE WASN'T I DON'T
KNOW WHERE WE WOULD BE OR IF WE WOULD BE HERE.))
SUPER=07-Staff Sgt. Frankie Lee Hall; :00
SUPER=07-Kevin Ballinger; :09
SUPER=07-Nicole Hicks; :18
OUT Q=if we would be here.
City Council approved a resolution honoring Hall, and Chief Jim Grigsby
presented a plaque declaring him a lifetime honorary member of the city's Fire
and E- M- S department.
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SUPER=330-Clearing/& Breezy/40-45/Sunny Skies/Wind W 10-15/65-69;
SUPER=331-Decreasing/Clouds/42-46/Mostly Sunny/& Breezy/66-70;
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Health officials are investigating some cases of Legionnaires' Disease in
the New River Valley.
It's an acute form of pneumonia-- and in some cases, it's fatal.
Legionnaires' Disease is usually triggered by environmental factors-- like
contaminated air conditioning cooling towers or moist soil.
The illness is NOT spread person to person.
Three people in the New River Valley have been diagnosed with the
disease-- all are now hospitalized, and there's no apparent connection between
Symptoms of Legionnaires' Disease-- an influenza-like condition-- include
high fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, dry cough and diarrhea.
Also in the region, the public health department is investigating an
increase in pneumonia cases-- and aren't sure if there's a link between the
Our pick of the day for video comes from Vienna and a dramatic scene on the
water there late last night.
SUPER=75-Vienna, Austria; :
A Slovak tugboat on the Danube River hit a bank, then a raging current
sucked the tugboat through the floodgate of a power plant under construction.
Rescue workers tried to save the nine people onboard...but only one was
The other eight are missing, and presumed drowned.
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Tonight on Primetime sports, we'll hear from the first new signees in the
brand new Women's NBA.
Steve Mason has an eye opening profile of Warrick Dunn and Tiki Barber.
Plus, I'll update you on the Braves-Yankees game four.
SUPER=03-Salem/August 7; :00
But first remember Larry Walker, the Colorado Rockies all-star who rehabed in
Salem this summer after breaking his collarbone.
Well, now he's separated his right shoulder.
Today he had successful surgery to repair it.
But guess how he did it??
Fishing with his family in Canada.
Catch the rest of the sports right after this break.
take a break
After taking it on the chin from the Yankees last night, the Braves have come
back strong tonight.
Fred McGriff hit a towering homer to centerfield to start the night and the
right now the Braves LEAD the Yankees
6 to 2 in the top of the 6th.
The Virginia Cavaliers head into Tallahassee a marked team after pulling off
last year's upset of the Seminoles.
But if you can get beyond all the revenge and payback talk,
Steve Mason says you'll find a couple of teams that have a lot of respect for
each other, especially when it comes to their backs Tiki Barber and Warrick
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Bobby Bowden/Florida State Head Coach; :05(QUICK)
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :14(QUICK)
SUPER=01-Warrick Dunn/Florida State Tailback; :42
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/126 Yards Rushing Average per Game; :58
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Wolfpack vs. Cavaliers; 1:07
SUPER=01-Todd White/UVa Defensive Tackle; 1:28
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((NAT SOUND/WARRICK CATCHING BALL))
((BOBBY BOWDEN/FLORIDA STATE HEAD COACH:))
((NAT SOUND/TIKI CATCHING BALL:))
((WELSH ON TIKI:))
((NAT SOUND OF TIKI RUNNING:))
((In the midst of the media pitting one against the other for the ACC
rushing crown; they have remained friends. A prime example is Warrick's
response to Tiki's growing Heisman trophy publicity.
Consider Dunn is also pursuing that same trophy. Tiki has the same respect
for his ACC rival.
Barber is ranked first in the ACC in Rushing, Warrick is ranked number 2.
In the category of total offensive ACC leaders, Barber is 9th and Dunn is 11th.
((TODD WHITE/UVA DEFENSIVE TACKLE:))
The tandem also has one other thing in common; they are both budding role
models, in Charlottesville, Steve Mason, News 7 sports"))
The NBA regular season opens on November 1st, but today the attention was
focused on the league's new branch, the Women's NBA.
SUPER=03-New York; :00
Rebecca Lobo and Sheryl Swoopes became the first players to sign with the new
The former college players of the year, will anchor this league that plans to
begin play in June of 1997.
The Eight teams that make up the the league will be announced as early as
next week. So, right now neither player knows where she'll be playing.
IN Q="This is...
((SHERYL SWOOPES/FORMER TEXAS TECH ALL-AMERICAN:))
((REBECCA LOBO/FORMER U-CONN ALL-AMERICAN:))
SUPER=01-Sheryl Swoopes/Former Texas Tech All-American; :00
SUPER=01-Rebecca Lobo/Former U-Conn All-American; :10
OUT Q=...THIS THE GAME."
PINNACLE FULL SCREEN
And don't forget that coming up on News 7 at 11 tonight Steve Mason will drop
by with this week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
It's our midweek wrapup of girl's high school basketball throughout the
Here's what we are working on in the newsroom for NEWS-7 at 11.
dissolve to boards
The ownership of the Dumas Hotel was up for debate this afternoon at
Roanoke City Council.
Our political profiles continue--tonight
SUPER=77-On The Trail;
Denise Allen catches up with Republican Patrick Muldoon, who's challenging Rick
Boucher for the Ninth District Congressional seat.
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, see you tomorrow. Goodnight.
Jean Jadhon will have all this in 30-minutes on NEWS-7 at 11 on WDBJ-7.